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the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission(SFPUC). BAWUA was comprised of 29 <br /> agencies in Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. It served 1.5 million <br /> residential customers and over 460 square miles. The current allocation to the Purissima <br /> Hills Water District, a member of BAWUA, was established in the 1984 Master Contract <br /> and was based on 1981 usage. Mr. Walter stated that it is not a question of if a drought <br /> will occur but when it will happen. The SFPUC can impose penalty rates to meet <br /> demand in drought years and expensive landscaping can be lost. He noted that the <br /> following management practices were in place: residential water survey programs; system <br /> water audits, leak detection and repair; metering with commodity rates;public <br /> information programs; school education programs; and conservation prices. Another <br /> management practice which they hoped to get in place with the Council's assistance was <br /> large landscape conservation programs and incentives. <br /> Joan Cassman, attorney, stated that the Water District did not have land use regulatory <br /> power. They did have facility controls such as use of restrictors or economic controls <br /> such as pricing. There also appeared to be two available approaches. Presently they <br /> worked with individual owners on their landscaping needs and water usage. The other <br /> approach would be for the Town to pass a landscaping ordinance. She referred to the <br /> 1990 Landscaping Act(AB 325) which required every city to adopt and enforce the water <br /> efficient landscape model ordinance (developed by the Department of Water Resources) <br /> by January 1993 unless the city had adopted an alternative water efficient landscape <br /> ordinance or the city had adopted findings that a water efficient landscape ordinance was <br /> unnecessary (based on geological climatic,topographical or water availability reasons). <br /> Ms. Cassman further commented on the model ordinance. She noted that the express <br /> purposes of the ordinance were: to promote the values and benefits of landscapes while <br /> • recognizing the need to invest water and other resoures as efficiently as possible; to <br /> establish a structure of designing, installing and maintaining water efficient landscapes in <br /> new projects; and to establish provisions for water management practices and water waste <br /> prevention for established landscapes. For existing landscapes the model ordinance <br /> required that the city shall establish regulations to prevent water waste; impose penalties <br /> for violations of regulations; and provide for a landscape irrigation audit for public areas <br /> every 5 years. For new or rehabilitated landscapes the model ordinance would apply to <br /> any private development single-family project with a landscaped area of 2,500+ square <br /> feet requiring a permit; would exempt'homeowner-provided landscaping'; would require <br /> the submittal of a landscape documentation package; and would require the certification <br /> of the final landscape installation by a licensed professional. The requirements for the <br /> landscape documentation package included the following: maximum applied water <br /> allowance; estimated applied water use; landscape design plan for plant selection, <br /> grouping and water features; irrigation design plan to meet specified runoff, overspray <br /> and efficiency standards; maintenance and irrigation schedules to satisfy specified <br /> requirements; and grading design plan with soils analysis. Ms. Cassman noted that the <br /> benefits of implementing such an ordinance included the following: protection of <br /> landscaping investments, creation of a politically beneficial Town perception; and access <br /> to new water sources. <br /> Council discussed the proposed landscaping ordinance as presented by the Purissima <br /> Hills Water District. They questioned why the Board did not impose such regulations as <br /> they too were an elected body. Dauber suggested that projects be sent to the Water <br /> District for comment and review such as they were now sent to the Fire Department. <br /> Casey and Finn believed that any requirements should be imposed on all residents and <br /> not just those going through for example a remodel. Casey also stated that a Town-wide <br /> • <br /> June 18, 1999 <br /> Special City Council Meeting <br /> 2 <br />